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Join the Op Shop Hop to pick up a bargain

3 August 2016

Bargain hunters are invited to an ‘Op Shop Hop’ to explore the treasure-trove of pre-loved goods on offer in Cheltenham.

The free tour will visit four Cheltenham ‘op shops’ to hear about the positive contribution being made by local charities.

The walking tour, with short easy walks between shops, will visit the Australian Animal Protection Society Op Shop, Family Life Cheltenham Op Shop, St Matthews Anglican Church Cheltenham Op Shop and the Cheltenham Salvos.

Mayor Tamsin Bearsley said ‘op shops’ help support a range of vital community services including family support services, children’s cancer services and animal welfare.

“I love grabbing a bargain at an op shop and can happily spend time searching for my next book to read.  Op shops are also a great place to donate good-quality items that we no longer need,” Cr Bearsley said.

“The tour is being held in the lead-up to Kingston Council’s annual hard waste collection in September and is a great opportunity to start sorting through your unwanted items.  Each year Council collects almost 4000 tonnes of hard waste and a lot of this could be donated to local op shops where the proceeds go back in to services for the community.”

Tips for donating to your local op shop:

  •  Drop off your donation during operating hours or ensure items are placed in provided donation bins.  Don’t dump items on the side walk as they get damaged by wind and rain.
  • Donate items that are in sellable condition and not badly damaged with rips or stains.
  •  If you have a particularly large item, give the store a call and check with them before you drop off your donation.   That way they can make sure someone can help carry it in and/or let you know if their shop is large enough to store the item.

The free Op Shop Hop is on 10am-12pm Wednesday 17 August.  Places are limited.  Register by phoning 9703 5288.

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